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Where do you store your treasures?

Where are your treasures?

 

When I go shopping I take my time making a purchase. I go to the store several times and look carefully at what I want to buy. I tell myself I need it. I don’t just want to buy the item. I need to buy it.

A few days ago I took thirteen bags of clothes to the thrift store. The bags had been in my garage for weeks. I was tired of saying, “I will get rid of the bags tomorrow.”

Look at the photograph. Please. Do you see the wooden cabinet ? I bought the cabinet from a woman in San Jose, California who had advertised it on Craigslist. I thought I really needed the cabinet to display ornaments. I needed the cabinet.  I didn’t notice until I got home that it smelled of cigarettes I placed the cabinet outside for days hoping the smell would go away. I didn’t notice the glass in the front panel was cracked.  The glass eventually fell out, and the smell of cigarette smoke still lingers in the wood.

I took the cabinet to the thrift store. I didn’t really need it. I only wanted it.

After I eat my breakfast today, I am going to the basement in my house. I will put on my work pants and my work boots. I will be armed for battle. I will pray for strength to overcome the emotional attachment to objects.

Several friends have offered to help me sort through my basement. I respectfully declined. This is a battle that is being fought in my mind. I only need help from one, from He who gives me strength. 

I don’t want to store my treasures in my basement.

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-21

I want to store my treasures in heaven. I want to be generous with my time. If I spend all of my days collecting, dusting and repairing, I don’t have time to make soup for my sick friends, write or paint.

Where do you store your treasures?

Please tell me in the comments.

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  • oh my–we had the same weekend–for me it started . . . well back in November when I did my series on being honest! I have had friends come and help me–I have one who is amazing at waiting for me to make a decisions. I look at things and I know exactly what void I was trying to fill or emotion I was soothe.

    I started in my girls room this week–my husband started in the boys room and we finished it off together, I went into the basement where I dedicate 4 hours a week to making decisions. What I decided this week is to go through magazines and get rid of what I don’t want.

    What I can’t decide on–I date it with the “expires on” date and if I do nothing with it before it “expires” I give myself permission to pitch it. Some dates are 1 month and some are 6 months.

    I’m really upset with myself that I have let the past continue to be my present. I need to figure out a way to step away . . . for good.

    Your are my blessing!

    • pamelahodges

      Renee, I love the expired by dates. I am going to start in my closet, and sort socks. I will put the ones I can’t decide on in an expired by bag. Yes, let go of the past. Thank you.

  • Rebekah

    Start small. It is very hard to overcome emotional attachments to things. Even socks! One year, I decided to throw out everyone’s socks! (8 people in the house – I made all socks GO AWAY!) Yes, even the ones that were still good. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done.

    But guess what? It was the most freeing thing I have ever done. (I especially loved throwing away the singles (that had been hanging around forever because I was sure the other one of the pair would show up.) And you know what happened, of course. The next week, I found one of the singles. Instead of beating myself up for throwing away the first single, I just tossed the single in the garbage! (And everyone loved having new socks.)

    Now, I do this every year.

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you for your suggestion Rebekah to start small. I will start in my sock drawer. Some of my socks even have memories attached to them. Silly really, they are just clothes for me feet.

  • Rachel

    Oh, yes, and I have to add that it is VERY disconcerting when my mother asks, “Where is the such and such that I just got you for your birthday?” And the such and such has already “moved on”!

    • pamelahodges

      How funny. The such and such has already “moved on.” You are wise, fewer things to dust and take care of.

  • Rachel

    I do not have many” treasures”. I am a thrower. And, yes, this can also be a problem! I do not collect trinkets or doo dads. When people give them to me as gifts, I gush over how thoughtful a gift it is… and I mean it. It IS thoughtful! But then I usually pass it on fairly quickly, either to another friend or to a thrift store. If I had to pick something… I would say that my treasures are my books. I read and reread my books. I go to library book sales, used book stores, and order books from the library all the time. They are my “gold”. I love to learn. I also treasure my pictures, but I am NOT into scrapbooking. I just keep a pretty picture box with all of my pictures labled and in order by date with journals on the back telling all about them.

    • pamelahodges

      Your book collection sounds wonderful. A bookcase full of adventure.

  • Anastasia

    I’m having to do the same thing. We’re over run with clothes especially. I also have dishes that I never use but might use someday. I’ve been trying to purge. There is a quote on a cartoon of Mouse and Mole where Mouse tells Mole, “You can have space and you can have stuff. But you can’t have both!”

    • pamelahodges

      Yes, it is hard isn’t it. Dishes you may use someday, clothes the kids will grow into. I like the cartoon of Mouse and Mole. So true, right now I have stuff filling the space. I want my space back.

    • I have two huge laundry tubs of boys 4 and under–not boys! boys size 4–what a difference a word makes!

      I keep a box in my closet for clothes that I find that do not fit–rather than do a huge purge–I’m hoping that this will keep the clothes clutter down and not have it get out of hand!

      Renee

  • Winnie

    I store my treasures in two suitcases, a carry one, a purse, and one plastic tube kept at a friends house 🙂 But my treasures are usually very close beside me (my God, my friends, and my little Lizzy) 🙂

    • pamelahodges

      One of my people treasures is in China. Look in the mirror and say hello to her for me. Please.